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    It's all right ma, I didn't inhale

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    August 1, 1774: Joseph Priestly and Carl Wilhelm discover oxygen after isolating it from air. This was welcome news to unfortunate members of the Church of the Repressed Breath, which discouraged its followers from inhaling, lest they suck in "sky ...

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    Edison's bright idea

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    July 26, 1881: Thomas Edison patents the facsimile telegraph. It wasn't a real telegraph, but it looked like one. Later, Edison would create the facsimile telephone, which was a lighter, and a comb that looked like a switchblade.

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    Coincidence? I think not

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    July 16, 1935: Oklahoma City installs the first automatic parking meters. Exactly 10 years later, the first atomic bomb is detonated. Nice going, Oklahoma.

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    Baby steps

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    July 6, 1858: Lyman Blake patents a machine for making shoes, bringing in a new era of comfort after eons of people strapping sticks, children or angry rodents onto their feet.

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    Slap dat dog

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    July 10, 1900: RCA Victor patents its now-famous trademark "His Master's Voice," which shows a dog looking into the horn of a gramophone. An earlier test version of the logo showed the pooch with his head stuffed into the horn ...

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    Owwiee! Oww! Oww!

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    June 25, 1868: While the U.S. Congress granted an eight-hour workday for federal employees, it would take another 66 years to stop the forced beatings and Satan worship.

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    I hate that guy!

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    June 5, 1956: Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev stuns the Soviet Communist Party Commission when he denounces Josef Stalin, referring to his predecessor as "that crazy @#$%*!." To see more Uncle History, CLICK HERE

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    The Duke of Whaaat?

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    June 19, 1917: British monarch George V orders the royal family to shed itself of all German titles and surnames. The royal family itself changes its name to Windsor from Veargermanschtvolkuntinnowayenglandershahavevillburyu. to see more Uncle History, CLICK HERE

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    The Supreme Partiers

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    June 6, 2005: The United States Supreme Court rules that state medical marijuana laws still violate federal laws and users of the drug can be arrested. The justices celebrate their decision with prescription narcotics and hookers.

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    That darn Benjamin Franklin!

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    June 14, 1787: From James Madison's journal of the Constitutional Convention: "Mr. W. Patterson of New Jersey introduced a plan that calls for a single chamber consisting of equal representation from all states. I intend to fully rebut this plan ...

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